Irini M. returns this week to help us discuss our favourite films and performances from 2014 so far, leading to a disagreement about Wes Anderson, yet more discussion of Xavier Dolan, and a fierce defence of a podcast fantasy favourite. The week's reviews see us flirt with both familiarity and contempt, as Cedric Klapisch's trilogy-capping "Chinese Puzzle" was finally released in the UK, while not all of us were happy about the Venice trophy haul of Greek family drama "Miss Violence." We tackle cancer flick "The Fault In Our Stars," Cal goes it alone for Clint Eastwood's foray into the musical genre, "Jersey Boys," while the latest batch of non-sporting news calls for a Desplat love-in, and a discussion of everyone's favourite Hong Kong auteur. Pete continues to liken the faults of World Cinema to Roy Hodgson's World Cup tactics, a listener question provokes a passionate defence of Greek patriotism from Irini, and a controversial pitch for a new Jennifer Lopez rom-com provides an early FYC for next year's compilation.
The week's news:
Alexandre Desplat announced as the President of the jury at this year's Venice Film Festival
Wong Kar-Wai's new film is on the way
Gerry Conlon, subject of the film "In the Name of the Father," dies aged 60
[2:30 - 14:45]
Listener Questions from Ibbi
[14:50 - 20:35]
The Fault In Our Stars
[33:45 - 1:14:00]
Closing Segment: 2014's mid-year awards, in which we discuss our favourite and least favourite films and performances from the year so far!
[1:14:05 - 1:35:35]
Shag, Marry or Kill?
The Olsen Factor
The Isaac Range
Outro Music: Alexandre Desplat, "Depart Pour La Guerre" (from "The Well Digger's Daughter")